7:00 PM ET, December 6, 2012
Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island
Bryce Cotton's jammed knee. Cotton, who has averaged 22.1 points per game this season, played 39 minutes and scored 11 points."Cotton did an unbelievable job," said Cooley. "He dealt with a lot of pain today."Between Cotton's impairment and Vincent Council's hamstring injury that has kept him off the court for the past several weeks, the Friars were missing their two strongest offensive presences."Our players have done an unbelievable job," Cooley said. He added that if someone had told him the day Council was injured that his team would be 7-2, he would have "asked to have a sip of what he was drinking."Several early Rams fouls brought the Friars to the bonus only 8 minutes into the second half. Providence capitalized going 18 for 19 on free throws.In the first half, the Friars made 35.7 percent (10 of 28) of their shots. Providence brought the ratio up to 44.8 percent (13 of 29) in the second half, shooting 70 percent over the first 7 minutes. The Friars' final 40.4 percent (23 of 57) topped the Rams' 38.5 percent (20 of 52).Providence set the pace throughout the opening half, only ceding the lead twice for about 1 minute overall. Batts' 10 points and four rebounds carried the Friars in the first 20 minutes.Jordan Hare led the Rams with 14 points, shooting 6 for 7. But Nikola Malesevic, Mike Powell and Xavier Munford also reached double digits, scoring 12, 12 and 10 points, respectively.Cooley praised Hare after the game, calling the freshman "a special, special player."
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||20-52 (.385)||23-57 (.404)|
|3P Made-Attempted||3-18 (.167)||2-15 (.133)|
|FT Made-Attempted||14-17 (.824)||24-26 (.923)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||21 (0/0)||15 (0/0)|
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Providence's bench had just one field goal attempt and did not score Thursday against Rhode Island. Only three times this season has a team gotten one field goal attempt or fewer from its bench and not scored. Providence has done it two of those three times (also happened November 16 against Penn St.).
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